7. JK Shin
Co-CEO, Head of Mobile Division, Samsung
No executive has done more to take the shine off Apple's onetime dominant position in smartphone and tablets than Samsung Co-CEO and head of the mobile communications group J.K. Shin.
In the second quarter, Samsung, on the heels of its Galaxy S4 launch, more than doubled the total smartphone volumes of Apple. Samsung, in fact, accounted for nearly a third of the smartphone market.
Samsung's tablet performance in the quarter also was strong with its tablet shipments up 277 percent to 8.1 million units, while Apple's Tablet shipments were down 14.1 percent.
The $188 billion company's North American enterprise business is doubling every five years and is on a trajectory to soar from $27.8 billion in 2012 to $50 billion over the next four years. The company's enterprise business division has partners aggressively aligning with its vertical market focus and adding more Samsung products such as SSDs and multifunction printers to their portfolio. Don't expect him or Samsung to slow down. The company invests 5 percent to 7 percent of annual revenue on research and development and finished No. 2 in patents behind IBM last year.